Totally appreciate your viewpoint in regards to why Samsung would want a used phone back from someone who is still within their 28 day cooling off period, so they can take advantage of a free gift.
One would think it more cost effective to sort something out to send the watch.
There was quite a few recent threads from people who were in similar situations to you and indeed some of them in their cooling off period sent the phone back, and then started again. The other problem is not everyone has the disposable income to re order straight away, so have to wait for a refund first.
Some didn't order direct from Samsung but from Network Contracts which initeskf can cause issues.
Unfortunately some were out of their cooling off period as they had pre ordered the Flip phone, so missed out on the promotion which annoyed them which again I can understand.
Promotions do have start and end dates and come with eligibility requirements and Terms and Conditions which have to be met which is needed for obvious reasons.
As far as I'm aware this is instigated by the purchase date not delivery date.
I think this because imagine the scenario of placing an order and then it changes to a delay , which takes one past the end date of the promotion ,and then to be told you no longer fulfil the eligibility as the promotion has ended !
A few years ago I missed out on a free Samsung VR Headset by one day.
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